Ex-service and community organisations across the country can now apply for a share in $3.5 million for commemorative projects through the latest round of the Saluting Their Service grants program, which is now open.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee said the Australian Government had committed an extra $10 million to the ongoing program, offering more support for more organisations.

“The Saluting Their Service program has seen hundreds of worthy projects across Australia funded in recent years, to help local communities pay tribute to Australians who have served during wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations,” Minister Gee said.

“Almost every city or town I travel to has some form of memorial, shrine or commemorative project, and many have received funding through our different grants programs.

“The Saluting Their Service program ensures Australia’s wartime history is preserved and the sacrifice of those who have served is remembered.

“I strongly encourage all those passionate community groups right around the country to check the guidelines and see if they have a local project eligible for a Saluting Their Service grant.

“Funding is available to support a wide range of projects, from new memorials and refurbishment costs, to exhibitions, digital resources and publications.”

Saluting Their Service is a national grants program. Grants of up to $10,000 are available for community-based commemorative projects and activities, while Major Grants up to $150,000 are for initiatives that are significant from a national, state, territory or regional perspective.

The 2022-23 Saluting Their Service Program opens on 9 February.

Assessment of applications is divided into three batches: applications submitted between 9 February and 9 June 2022; between 10 June and 11 October 2022; and between 12 October 2022 and 7 February 2023.

This allows organisations to submit multiple applications throughout the year.

To apply for a grant, or to learn more about the Saluting Their Service Programplease visit the Community Grants Hub website or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website. You can contact the Community Grants Hub on 1800 020 283 or at [email protected] for further information or assistance.

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